This hallway separates two guest rooms and ends abruptly with a window. It appears useless, but sculptures, including a spiderweb-shaped bronze piece, and orchids backed by an antique Korean chest transform the space into an interesting gallery.
An antique, Oriental dresser in eye-popping blue provided the inspiration and color palette for this traditional Florida bedroom. Custom bedding is by Wildcat Territory, and the drapery fabric is by Schumacher.
This fun green bedroom utilizes an old dressing screen with a gold peacocks motif as an interesting headboard. White bed linens keep the focus on the unique headboard, and an antique chest at the foot of the bed provides extra storage.
Classic meets whimsy in an eclectic hallway of this home in the Hollywood hills. A gnarled driftwood lamp and cowhide rug become even more quirky when paired with a marble-topped antique chest. A pair of petite gold chairs flanks the window, which offers a sweeping view of the city.
A towering canopy bed draws you into this master bedroom, and the lofty layering of bedding invites you to stay. A generous sprinkling of details completes the eclectic space: groupings of framed artwork, a pair of tufted ottomans and an antique chest standing in for a nightstand.
Designer Elissa Russo creates this hallway focal point with a photograph in a burled wood frame to connect visually to the antique chest beneath. Alone, the photo would have been too small, floating in space above the heavy piece of furniture. But the trim and the carefully placed objects on the trunk create an eye-catching tableau.
On one side of the sink, a miniature antique chest holds hairpins and rings to keep the area tidy. Salve jars, a porcelain cold cream jar and a vintage dish filled with antique buttons finish off the space. Author Susan Sully says that the lids on these jars are probably made of Bakelite, an early plastic that is now a collectible.
An antique Chinese chest welcomes visitors in this entrance hall. An antique Chinese ceramic pillow is made into a lamp. Orchids are reflected in the contemporary metallic framed mirror. Beyond, in the living room, stylish armchairs beckon.
Not only is the antique-inspired chest stylish but practical as well. “When you’re going through a house you want to find ways to keep it neat and tidy and more pleasing to live in, so the chest is clever because you have a place to throw your keys, your stuff and it’s out of the way,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.